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Urban Sci. 2018, 2(2), 42; https://doi.org/10.3390/urbansci2020042

Neurodivergent Themed Neighbourhoods as A Strategy to Enhance the Liveability of Cities: The Blueprint of an Autism Village, Its Benefits to Neurotypical Environments

Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh EH8 9YL, United Kingdom
Received: 28 March 2018 / Revised: 18 April 2018 / Accepted: 23 April 2018 / Published: 30 April 2018
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In the next decades, it is expected that there will be a significant number of adults living with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) who will continue to strive in the neurotypical environment. Despite the recent rise of developments that deviate from the institutional type of facility, many parents continue to voice their struggle to find safe and appropriate living environments for their adult children. The problem is not just the limited option on where to live, financing a home is also another dilemma. Thus, the challenge to provide appropriate living environments coincide with the need to provide meaningful opportunities that allows them to thrive and function in the society. This paper explores the existing design guidelines through recommendations on how spaces can be articulated by considering the value of savant skills and productive vocational skills for individuals living with ASD. This optimistic approach hopes to enlighten built environment practitioners in designing spaces where different populations can co–exist, particularly those with varied abilities. The environmental needs of ASDs and the proposed spatial interventions also extend its benefits to the well–being of neurotypicals. In addition, the participation of the ASD population in the built environment bridges accessibility and spatial experience. Therefore, designing neurodivergent neighbourhoods can be employed as a strategy to improve and enhance the liveability of urban regions. View Full-Text
Keywords: liveable; autism housing; well–being; inclusive neighbourhoods; sustainable communities liveable; autism housing; well–being; inclusive neighbourhoods; sustainable communities
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Chan, E.R.L. Neurodivergent Themed Neighbourhoods as A Strategy to Enhance the Liveability of Cities: The Blueprint of an Autism Village, Its Benefits to Neurotypical Environments. Urban Sci. 2018, 2, 42.

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